"I was initially attracted to UW because of its location in beautiful Seattle and the large program size. When I visited, I loved the flexibility of the program and the huge variety of clinical opportunities. The residents seemed happy and laidback but also intelligent, thoughtful and well-trained.For me, UW has been the ideal combination of great training in a cooperative and flexible environment. My attendings are universally kind and interested in teaching and I’ve been able to develop my own unique rotations to match my specific interests in collaborative care and global health."
BA, Studio Art, Grinnell College
MD, MPH, University of Oklahoma School
of Community Medicine
|Afternoon:||Visit my local farmer's market.|
|Evening:||Cook a nice meal with my fresh produce and watch a movie at home.|
|Morning:||See therapy and med management patients in continuity clinic.|
|Afternoon:||Facilitate journal club with HMC inpatient residents.|
|Evening:||Girls night! Hang out with some of my colleagues.|
|Morning:||Chief time: create resident schedules, problem-solve new issues, prep for teaching.|
|Afternoon:||Attend DBT clinic and seminar.|
|Evening:||Go to the gym and dinner at home.|
|Morning:||Chief time then meet with psychotherapy supervisor.|
|Afternoon:||Chief meetings with faculty and other site chiefs.|
|Evening:||Get dinner out with my fiancée.|
|Afternoon:||Work at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doing psychiatric consultations.|
|Evening:||Hit the gym then drinks out with friends.|
|Morning:||Work at Maternal Infant Care Clinic doing psychiatric consultations.
Afternoon: Chief time.
|Evening:||Go swimming at the lake and enjoy a relaxing evening at home.|
|Morning:||Go for a hike in the Cascades.|
|Afternoon:||Read on my porch.|
|Evening:||Dinner out with friends.|
Continuity Clinic at Harborview
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Maternal Infant Care Clinic
“I’m interested in public health and increasing access to mental health services. I’ve become very interested in the collaborative care model, a model developed at UW that increases access to psychiatric services. I hope to be involved in collaborative care in some way in the future. In the near future, I want to stay in academic medicine and do a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine. In addition, I’d love to do some work in global mental health, perhaps working with a nonprofit that increases access to quality mental health services abroad."
One 12 hour weekend day or night shift a month
"I wanted to come to a place where residents were thriving, and with a residency program structure that supported residents’ personal wellness in addition to clinical education, and encouraging their career goals. I also have a broad range of interests right now (including psychotherapy, global mental health, and child psych), and wanted to go somewhere where I could get well-rounded training, and explore these interests in-depth. ”
Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
|Morning:||Reading for personal growth!|
|Afternoon:||Zumba, and then chill time!|
|Evening:||Evening Church Service.|
|Morning:||Memory Brain Wellness Clinic|
|Afternoon:||Memory Brain Wellness Clinic|
|Evening:||Zumba, and remember to eat!|
|Morning:||VA Mental Health Clinic|
|Evening:||Dinner, followed by reading.|
|Morning:||UW Long term Continuity Clinic|
|Afternoon:||UW Long term Continuity Clinic|
|Evening:||Dinner, Run around Greenlake (yay Couch to 5K!), Chill time!|
|Morning:||Didactics followed by T-group and business meeting|
|Afternoon:||Supervision followed by free time – shopping, errands, whatever my heart desires!|
|Evening:||Dinner, followed by reading.|
|Morning:||VA Addictions Treatment Clinic|
|Afternoon:||VA Addictions Treatment Clinic|
|Evening:||Run around Greenlake and relax after a long week.|
|Morning:||Sleep in then try out a new dance class.|
|Afternoon:||Catch up with friends and family near and far.|
|Evening:||Dinner out with friends!|
International Medicine Clinic
Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic
VA Addictions Treatment Center
VA Mental Health Clinic
Long Term Continuity Clinic
"Currently I’m interested in outpatient vs. emergency psychiatry. I also have an interest in global mental health, and child psych but we’ll see how it all works out!"
Two 12-hour weekend day or night shift a month
"The University of Washington (UW) met all of the criteria I wanted most in a residency program. Entering residency, my interests were broad so I wanted to have exposure to a wide-range of subspecialties in a variety of clinical settings. UW met this requirement; it is a big academic program serving a diverse patient population through varied clinical sites, including an urban county hospital, a VA, an academic hospital, a children’s hospital and many rural hospitals. Despite its large size, the residency has a small program vibe with friendly residents, flexibility in structure and a supportive and accessible faculty. This has been helpful in allowing me to explore my growing list of interests! Coming from Ann Arbor, I also really wanted to experience living in a city. My transition to Seattle has been smooth given its manageable size and neighborhood feel. Seattle offers the perfect balance between urban living and access to nature through nearby weekend adventures in the surrounding mountains and islands!”
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan
MD, University of Michigan
"When I started residency I was focused on pursuing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, but I have really enjoyed learning more about addictions and psychosomatics through my rotations. I plan to further explore these fields through conferences and electives in the upcoming year. I would ultimately like to stay in academic medicine, as I love the collegial environment and multidisciplinary care of a teaching hospital."
|Morning:||Arrive at the VA at 7:30 for my day call shift. Get sign-out from the VA night resident, meet with inpatient psychiatry nursing staff and attending, tend to active issues on the unit, and see one consult.|
|Afternoon:||Easy call day! Out by 1pm, go home and work out, answer a few nursing pages, and catch the end of the world cup game!|
|Evening:||Sign-out call duty to the night resident at 5:30, relax for the rest of the evening at home on my rooftop with friends.|
|Morning:||Arrive at UW at 8am. A lot of new patients on the list to see!|
|Afternoon:||Finish seeing patients and attending teaches a brief didactic session on diagnoses encountered throughout the day.|
|Evening:||Leave work at 5 pm, meet up with a friend and have dinner and drinks on Capitol Hill.|
|Morning:||Lighter schedule today with an interesting consult on drug induced Parkinsonism.|
|Afternoon:||Attend to patient care and read journals at work. Head home at 4 pm.|
|Evening:||Go for a run outside and do some shopping downtown for my upcoming trip.|
|Morning:||I get to do a fair amount of bedside psychotherapy today on follow up consults.|
|Afternoon:||Round on follow up consults and leave work by 5 pm.|
|Evening:||Relax at home.|
|Morning:||R2 didactics on Motivational Interviewing followed by T-group.|
|Afternoon:||Supervision then return to the consult service to see patients. Out of work by 5pm.|
|Evening:||Go for a run outside, see “Inside Out” with a friend and pack for my trip to Vancouver on Friday!|
|Morning:||Arrive at UW consult room at 8am to chart round on patients, meet with attending/fellow and see patients.|
|Afternoon:||Finish seeing patients and leave work at 5pm.|
|Evening:||Head to Vancouver, meet up with friends and enjoy a full night out!|
|All Day:||Explore Vancouver! Go to a museum, see the gardens, and eat delicious sushi.
Continuity Clinic - Wednesday afternoons doing psychotherapy from September through June
July: UW Consult-Liaison service
August: Harborview Consult-Liaison; UW night float (1 week)
September: Harborview Psychiatric Emergency Services
October: UW Consult-Liaison; VA night float (3 weeks)
November: Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry
December: Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry
January: VA Consult-Liaison
February: Harborview Consult-Liaison
March: VA Addictions Treatment Outpatient Clinic
April: VA Addictions Treatment Outpatient Clinic
May: UW Inpatient Psychiatry; 2 weeks of UW night float
June: UW Inpatient Psychiatry
6 weeks of night float throughout R2 year (5 nights on, 2 nights off)Average of two 12-hour call shifts per month, some of which is home call
"I fell in love with UW during my interview day and, even as intern year winds down, I continue to approach work each morning with a smile. Our faculty members, including the division and service chiefs, are down-to-earth and extremely dedicated to resident education. The curriculum offers incredible breadth and flexibility, via rotations spread across four diverse hospital sites. Seattle itself is gorgeous, with water, mountains, and some of the most beautiful summers to be found anywhere. Above all, I feel honored to work with talented co-residents, all of whom are passionate about caring for some of the most vulnerable patients in the WWAMI region."
BA, Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis
MD, Saint Louis University
|Morning:||At the hospital by 6:30. Round with team.
|Afternoon:||Finish notes and check in on patients. Out by 3. Swing by Trader Joe’s to pick up snacks for the week.
|Evening:||Attending treats our team to dinner at Trove, which includes amazing dessert parfaits!|
|Morning:||Round with team, place orders, call consults.|
|Afternoon:||Finish work. Take a break partway through and walk one of my patients to the candy store across the street—we both need the fresh air.|
|Evening:||Dinner, Scrubs, and relaxation.|
|Morning:||Day off! Sleep in then drive to Bellevue with my co-intern for a hike at Cougar Mountain.
|Afternoon:||Lunch at Facing East. Braised pork over rice, mmm.|
|Evening:||Laundry, vacuum apartment. Sleep early.|
|Morning:||Round, write notes, prepare for admits on our long call day.
|Afternoon:||Med student and I admit a cirrhotic patient in need of a paracentesis, which I manage to do with guidance from our senior.
|Evening:||Finish a late admission and leave hospital by 10. Eat Ben and Jerry’s (courtesy of our attending) on the bus ride home.
|Morning:||Rounds per usual, then intern report with free pizza. I present an interesting case of factitious disorder.
|Afternoon:||Accept an ICU patient and write a transfer note. Didactics!|
|Evening:||Dinner, more Scrubs, Skype with friends.|
|Morning:||During sign-out, I learn that one of my very ill patients passed away overnight. Though this is not unexpected, I’m still dazed. He is the first patient whom I have lost as an intern.
|Afternoon:||I call my patient’s family and give my condolences, then process with my attending.|
|Evening:||Swing by Molly Moon’s for ice cream and savor the mild spring evening.|
|Morning:||Accept overnight admits. Round with team.
|Afternoon:||Out by 4. Go for a jog around Green Lake. Pick up a Caribbean sandwich from Paseo on my way home.
|Evening:||Catch up with my family.|
13 - 4 week blocks:
Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry (4)
Harborview Psychiatry Consults (1)
University of Washington Inpatient Psychiatry (2)
Harborview Inpatient Medicine (2)
VA Inpatient Medicine (1)
VA Inpatient Neurology (1)
University of Washington Emergency Medicine (1)
Harborview Medicine Consults (1)
“I envision myself staying within academic medicine and becoming a clinician educator. Specialty-wise, I am interested in general adult psychiatry, but have not ruled out the possibility of a fellowship!"
Inpatient Medicine: 70 to 80 hours per week
Emergency Medicine: ~60 hours per week
Neurology: ~60 hours per week
Inpatient Psychiatry: ~55 hours per week
Psychiatry Consults: ~50 hours per week
Medicine Consults: ~40 hours per week
Inpatient Psychiatry: 3 weeks of night float at Harborview, plus 4 to 5 weekend call shifts
Inpatient Medicine: 4 random days off during the month
Emergency Medicine: 8 random days off during the month
Neurology: One weekend day off per week
Medicine Consults: All weekends off
University of Washington was the only program I encountered that offered the unique opportunity to train in both a top academic setting and a community setting. I spent my first two years at UW in Seattle. Having attended graduate school and medical school in Seattle, I knew I loved the city, with its awesome skyline, creative restaurants and access to the great outdoors. I also knew that I wanted to continue working at Harborview, Seattle’s county hospital dedicated to serving patients most in need. I am now completing my final two years in Boise, where I am gaining a rich, complementary experience in community psychiatry.
Undergraduate: BA in theater from University of Georgia
Graduate: Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University
Medical school: University of Washington Medical School
I plan to stay in Boise. My interests are broad, but I'm drawn to patients with psychotic disorders. I hope to divide my time working in the community seeing a mix of acutely ill inpatients along with some integrated care outpatients. Given my background in policy, I'm particularly interested in social medicine, policy and distribution of resources.
|Morning:||Hang out with my kiddos who are 3 and 8, take the dog swimming at Lucky Peak and later float the Boise River.
|Morning:||Wake up around 6:30, get the gang up and dressed, head in to Boise State University for my morning student clinic.
|Afternoon:||I head to St. Luke’s Hospital to see inpatient consults.
|Evening:||Dinner at home.|
|Morning:||Elective. Currently I'm on the inpatient unit at the VA, but I will be rotating at the prison, OB clinic and refugee/ HIV clinic.
|Afternoon:||I'm the psychiatry "attending" at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. I advise on cases in their outpatient clinic!|
|Evening:||Catch an early concert with friends at the Boise Botanical Gardens!
|Morning:||All day outpatient clinic at the VA.|
|Afternoon:||All day outpatient clinic at the VA.
|Evening:||Happy Hour at Barbacoa! Yum. After the kiddos go to bed, catch up on "Orange is the New Black.".
|Morning:||T-group with my co-residents, followed by didactics. Catch up on any last minute issues from yesterday's clinic.
|Afternoon:||Lunch from Flatbread or Mai-Thai compliments of the residency! Then psychotherapy supervision discussing cases, life in general and how the two intersect.
|Evening:||Watch a spectacular lightning storm from my deck and wonder how I lived for so many years without seeing miles of sky overhead!|
|Afternoon:||Outpatient consults at the Family Medicine Residency clinic where I see patients with a wide range of diagnoses from culturally diverse backgrounds.
|Evening:||Dinner out with the family, followed by a trip to the candy shop then swimming in the neighborhood pool.|
|Morning:||The dog wakes me up too early. We head to the downtown Saturday farmers market, followed by a trip to Camel's Back Park.
|Evening:||Date night! Once the kiddos are tucked in with a sitter, we head out for dinner downtown followed by live music at The Knitting Factory. What a great week!|
St. Luke’s Consults
Inpatient elective at VA
Attending room at FMRI
Outpatient clinic at the VA
Consultation in the Obstetrics Clinic, HIV clinic and Prison
FMRI outpatient clinic
No night, no weekend calls in Boise!